Fuel disruption: Labour demands nationwide injunction against protesters threatening supplies
By SEAMLESS DAILY
11 April 2022
The government is facing a call for "nationwide injunctions" to stop Just Stop Oil ( JSO ) protesters disrupting the delivery of fuel to forecourts.
The party said it would make it easier for police to arrest those seeking to cause "misery for motorists".
"As many as one in three petrol stations are being reported as shut in the south of England due to the disruption caused by the actions.
Shadow justice secretary Steve Reed said : "This is all happening on the government's watch.
They need to sort it out."
A No 10 spokeswoman said : "We recognise the strength of feeling and the right to protest is a cornerstone of our democracy, but we won't tolerate guerrilla tactics that obstruct people going about their day-to-day business."
she added : "we fully support the police who are putting significant resource into their response to the demonstrations."
Activists from the Just Stop Oil group have blocked the entrances outside key terminals across the country and made it hard to move fuel in and out.
Home secretary Priti Patel branded the "selfish" protesters an “ eco mob ” as she attempted to blame Labour for not supporting the Conservatives' new draconian police powers in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
But the Home Secretary said : "Hard-working people across our country are seeing their lives brought to a standstill by selfish, fanatical and frankly dangerous so-called activists.
"Keir Starmer's Labour Party repeatedly voted against our proposals that would have given the police extra powers to deal with this eco mob.
"The police have my full backing in doing everything necessary to address this public nuisance."
Protesters say they have dug a tunnel under a road to block deliveries to the Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire; they have also locked themselves to the gates of the Buncefield terminal in Hertfordshire and disrupted the Exolum storage terminal in Grays, Essex.
The department for business, energy and industrial strategy has claimed "all fuel supply points are fully operational" in an apparent bid to reduce panic-buying and petrol stations run dry.
The force's Assistant Chief Constable Glen Pavelin said the protests were "exceptionally dangerous" because of where the group had "located themselves within the site".
The campaigners, who have been demonstrating since 1 April, are calling for the government to stop all new oil and gas projects.
"Fuels continue to be delivered, meaning stocks are being replenished," he said.
“ The ongoing protest activity is affecting some deliveries but disruptions are localised and short-term only.
The industry is working hard to ensure fuels are being delivered as quickly as possible."
the protesters have vowed to continue their campaign.
The Fair Fuel UK Campaign claimed an estimated 1,200 pumps south of the Midlands had run dry on Sunday as action by Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion continued.
Images showed queues of cars snaking out of petrol station forecourts in Kent, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire as motorists attempted to fill up ahead of the working week.
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